Jason Marczak is senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. He joined the Council in 2013 to launch the center and set the strategic direction for its work. Marczak has over twenty years of expertise in regional economics, politics, and development, working with high-level policymakers and private-sector executives to shape public policy. Under his direction, the Latin America Center has established a reputation for delivering constructive, results-oriented solutions to top public policy challenges and has become a regular venue for Heads of State, Cabinet-level officials, and other public and private sector leaders to build consensus on regional priorities with global implications. In 2022, under Marczak’s leadership, a $25 million endowment of the center was announced by its founder, Adrienne Arsht. He recently co-edited a book on the future of the US-Colombia relationship, oversaw development of a campaign focused on a reconstruction of Venezuela’s democratic institutions, and shaped efforts to map a post-COVID regional recovery.
In 2021, he led the establishment of a Caribbean Initiative. Since 2016, Marczak is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where he teaches on Central America and US immigration policy. He was previously director of policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas and co-founder and senior editor of Americas Quarterly magazine, including overseeing development of the magazine’s online presence. In 2003, he joined Partners of the Americas to advance work on civil society engagement in the Summits of the Americas and other forums.
Marczak held positions at the National Endowment for Democracy and in the office of then-Representative Sam Farr (CA) with a portfolio including trade and foreign affairs. Marczak frequently provides English- and Spanish-language commentary for television, radio, and newspaper outlets on political and economic issues in Latin America and the Caribbean.
He is a frequent op-ed contributor, a sought-after speaker, and has testified before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs. In 2022, he was invited by the House Financial Services Committee to join a congressional delegation in Barbados and present findings of work to nearly a dozen Caribbean Heads of Government. Marczak received a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.